Monday, 13 November 2017

Smell & Quim - Pushy Gothic Gnome Versus Charity Techno Gnome (1998) C60


I may be wrong but from where I've been stood, Smell & Quim are pretty much the saviours of noise music as we know it. Power electronics was sounding a bit samey at the tail end of the eighties, all knotted up in an arms race to be the harshest, loudest cheerleader for the most obscure former member of Hitler's cabinet or proponent of some stomach churning sexual perversion which even William Bennett regarded as going a bit far, and with the rudest picture yet on the cover of the tape. It was a war which no-one could win, and then Smell & Quim turned up to flip the script by introducing a sense of humour to the proceedings, or something which looked like a sense of humour from a certain angle but may simply have been straightforward insanity. Andy Martin told me he regarded them as the Chas & Dave of industrial music, which probably only works if you think Chas & Dave are a bad thing. I posted the above cover on my facebook page, and a person who has apparently taken it upon himself to police my social media quipped gratuitous sexism masquerading as subversion, so thanks for that valuable insight, Pat Robertson.

I don't really know what Smell & Quim are, but they've certainly made things a lot more interesting over the years, and also disgusting, but in an interesting way. This one in particular seems to serve as a decent illustration of why there's probably not much point thinking too hard about any of it. Imagine that the giant stone head full of guns from John Boorman's Zardoz made a disco album, and everyone hated it, which pissed off the giant stone head full of guns from John Boorman's Zardoz so much that his next work was an electronic piece recorded mainly in vengeful spirit; and that's how this album sounds to me. According to Milovan Srdenovic it came about when the title was mentioned as that of a fictitious album in an article on Smell & Quim in Seymour Glass' Bananafish magazine, and it was recorded so as to bring reality in line with the fiction, I suppose you would say. It was issued by Joel St. Germain's SPITE label in a hand-tooled edition of fifty copies, all in a nice looking little box with a naughty picture glued inside.

I wrote to Milovan Srdenovic to ask him if it would be okay for me to give his stuff away for free, and he said yes, because Pushy Gothic Gnome Versus Charity Techno Gnome should be heard by as many people as possible (or words to that effect); and he's right.

If you can't appreciate this one, you can't appreciate nuffink.


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1 comment:

  1. one of the most underrated projects in this scene.

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